SEPTEMBER 29TH - OCTOBER 8TH 2000
(ISCM Luxembourg Section)
In 1996, Jonas Bohlin received a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, which
enabled him to study in New York. During the past years, he has received several
commissions, for example works for chamber orchestra, choir and saxophone quartet. In
October 1997, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra performed 3 of his works.
Nunatak is the name for mountains buried in ice. Only the peeks are visible through the
ice sheet, sometimes 2 kilometres thick. The composer is fascinated by these frozen
islands, which still can be life carriers in an even more barren surrounding.
The material is built on seven different chords that are repeated like a chaconne.
Every chord is a carrier of three different types of scales and three different harmonic
colours which are generated from three bend overtone spectra which start on the ground
note in each chord.
Nunatak was used as a dance performance in New York, and as a soundtrack for the
documentary film Wintership, broadcasted by the Swedish television. Nunatak has also
been performed by the Tämmel quartet.